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If you look back in history at the formation of the US Forest Service during the (Teddy) Roosevelt Administration, you will find that there was a great battle between those who would turn over federal lands to private concerns for them to develop and profit from vs those who insisted that these lands belong to the people of the US. The public lands faction won out then but the private profit folks have continued to pressure their way into the system.
Bagby is just another example of how public ownership of National Forests is getting farther removed from the public and being turned over to private interests. Already campgrounds, that used to run by professional Forest Service staff with degrees in outdoor recreation, forestry, wildlife, etc has been replaced by proivate contractors who hire unprofessional staff, pay them next to nothing and give them little or no training.
Those who care about their birthright, their public lands should be outraged by this situation and demand the return of funding to the Forest Service that will keep people responsible to the public in the position of managing recreation on our National Forests.
posted 2 years, 5 months ago
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